Managing your studying time
How much should you study?
Guideline: 1 hour in class -> 2 hours studying outside of class. Example: 5 courses → 15 hours of class → 30 hours studying time per week. Full-time school is like a full-time job!
How many hours for an actual job?
No more than 10 - 15 hours a week if you are taking a full time course load.
How to plan study time
- Set specific study goals with time limits
- Break down large projects into smaller, more manageable units
- Choose your best time to work on your hardest courses
- Be prepared—always carry study materials with you; use travelling/ waiting time
- Build in time in your schedule to find help for problems –from prof/tutors/ online
- Match your learning approach to the task
- Reading-active, focused study reading sessions (45 min-60 min)
- Memory work—short, repeated learning sessions (20-30 min)
- Projects—writing or problem solving: longer sessions with breaks
What to do when you study
- Snowball your learning—prepare before class, review and do some studying after class
- Begin with an easy task to make getting started easier
- Take regular breaks. Take 10 minutes; get up, stretch, drink and move around.
- Be selective--focus on the most important things
- Distribute learning—spread course study over several days
Ten ways to fight procrastination
See which ones work best for you!
- Start simple—break the ice by doing a task that requires little effort
- Plan to work on it “just ten minutes”. You may get momentum!
- Divide tasks into smaller chunks to reduce difficulty
- Set up a ritual to help you get started on tasks you must do regularly
- Set up a reward or incentive for finishing something
- Cut off temptations: switch off phone, shut door, stay away from TV, disable social media notifications. Check if your devices have a “focus mode” and enable it during work periods.
- Lower your expectations and just do the best you can within the time limit
- Work with a friend
- Substitute the mental message “I should” with “I’d like to.”
- Believe in yourself—you can do it!
How to catch up if you fall behind in your studying:
- Read chapter summaries for main ideas
- Jump in where the teacher is at; you can gradually catch up with the rest later
- Get a friend to teach you
- Talk to the teacher
- Find a tutor – look on department notice board or student association groups for names (students advertise -- $)